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Sexual assault survivors find themselves under suspicion at BYU

Sexual assault survivors find themselves under suspicion at BYU

Madeline MacDonald was a freshman at Brigham Young University when a casual date turned into what she said was a sexual assault.

 

The Seattle 19-year-old had met a man through the online dating site Tinder. He said he was Mormon, which put MacDonald at ease, and she agreed to meet him for hot chocolate.

They never made it to a cafe, though. Instead, the man drove her up into the mountains, and there, she says, he molested her.

Campus officials opened a sexual assault investigation. But they also opened an inquiry to determine whether MacDonald had violated the private Mormon university’s honor code, which requires that students adhere to the...

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